Information about the application procedure can be found here.
Checklist of required documents for a visa for the purpose of spousal reunification (print-version) :
|2x Application form|
Application completed, printed and signed (including Information provided to applicants pursuant to Section 54 (2) 8 in conjunction with Section 53 of the Residence Act)
Passport+ 2 copies of the data page
|Valid and signed passport which must have at least two blank pages.|
|2x Photo||Recent passport photographs according to biometric specifications (not stapled)|
Marriage certificate+ 2 copies
|Original unabridged marriage certificate with Apostille |
|2 copies of spouse’s passport|
Proof of health insurance+ 2 copies
|Valid for 90 days|
Proof of German knowledge
|The proof of German language skills (A1 level) definitely has to be presented when lodging the application.|
However, if a minor German child is also living in the household the proof is not necessary
In case of former marriages:Divorce decree or death certificate of former spouse
|2x checklist||Two copies of this checklist have to be signed and submitted with your application.|
If your spouse is neither a German citizen nor a EU citizen the following additional documents are required:
2 copies of proof of residence permit of spouse in Germany
|2 copies of proof of employment of spouse|
|2 copies of proof of accomodation in Germany||e.g. rental contract|
The German Mission reserves the right to ask for additional documentation at any time during the processing of the application whenever deemed necessary. Presenting the above-mentioned documentation does not guarantee that the visa will be granted. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase an airline ticket unless the visa has been approved and the German Mission requests you to do so.
The processing time can take up to three months. Once the application has been approved by the relevant German authority, the German Mission will issue a visa valid for 3 months. Your subsequent residence permit will be issued by the competent Aliens Authority in Germany. You are required to apply well in advance for it before the expiry of the visa.